Never having performed before a live audience before, visual artist Vesna Jovanovic recently blogged about her Ten x Ten collaboration with clarinetist Jason Stein and how they planned their working performance at Constellation.
"With no expectations of the outcome and still no idea what we were going to do, we discussed our shared interests in the human body and how it relates to music. He mentioned the scalene “stress” muscles in the neck, and how the nerves that pass through them are linked to both breathing and finger movement: two important ways in which he manipulates his instrument, the bass clarinet. This led to a discussion of ways in which movement could be mapped – in particular regarding the fingers, arms, chest, neck, and head. I imagined a photograph: a long exposure that might record all of the movement into one image with trails of light marking important points on the body. This could involve bike lights, some sort of spelunking lights, Christmas lights… I was excited at the prospect of breaking out my old homemade 4×5 pinhole camera, an instrument that I spent years studying and absorbing during an earlier period in my life."For the full post and more images of the work in progress, visit www.vesnaonline.com.